India Board President’s XI were aware the challenge they faced in the warm-up game against Australia. And as expected, it turned out an easy affair for the visitors as they thrashed a young and inexperienced BPXI by 103 runs in the only warm-up game on the tour to India. Their batsmen contributed with runs and the bowlers made sure they make most of the good work of the batsmen and completed a perfect victory in Chennai.
Five batsmen scored half-centuries and Ashton Agar picked up four wickets in the second innings as BPXI crumbled in the chase, losing wickets at regular intervals, to be bowled out for 244.
Earlier, Australia lost an early wicket when Hilton Cartwright early but skipper Steve Smith and his deputy David Warner compiled a partnership of 106 runs for the second wicket in less than 14 overs. Warner smashed 64 off 48 balls before getting out to Kushang Patel while Smith too departed after adding some runs to his tally. He scored 55.
Australia did lose some quick wickets but that didn’t Travis Head continued the charge with Marcus Stoinis as the two batsmen notched up a stand of 88 runs for fifth wicket. Later, wicket-keeper batsman Matthew Wade too chipped in with an aggressive 24-ball 45 as the visiting side posted 347/7 in 50 overs.
In reply, Board Presidents XI began the chase in a dismal fashion after losing Rahul Tripathi early. Opener Shreevats Goswami and Mayank Agarwal did provide some resistance as the two scored 79 runs for the second wicket but their efforts were never enough to chase this mammoth total.
The President’s XI side lost wickets at regular intervals only to get reduced to 156/8. Some power hitting from Akshay Karnewar who smacked 40 from 28 deliveries delayed Australia’s win but they eventually bundled Gurkeerat’s side for 244 to win the match by 103 runs.
Brief scores: Australia XI: 347/7 in 50 overs (Marcus Stoinis 76, David Warner 64, Steve Smith 55, Travis Head 65, Matthew Wade 45, M S Washington Sundar 2 for 23).
Board President’s XI: 244 all out in 48.2 overs (Sreevats Goswami 43, Mayank Agarwal 42; Aston Agar 4/44).